As I’ve gone from full-time teacher to stay/work at home mom this year, it has come to my attention that my wardrobe is…lacking. So today I’m going to show you how I started to remedy that with a colorblock t-shirt tutorial and pattern.
I mean, I had the dress pants or skirt/work shirt look down, and now I’m feeling a little lost. So I did what any sane person would do to get wardrobe inspiration – I started pinning, of course!
This shirt caught my eye – source: sheinside.com
Except I didn’t like the colors – the white stripe looks a little too much like a pageant sash to me. But I like the draping – especially since I have not been able to get rid of the extra skin around the tummy since I had Bean. My weight is the same, but there’s this stubborn muffin top that I am too busy to attack. And so I find myself wearing lots of looser items than I did pre-baby.
At any rate, I made this colorblocked t-shirt to try to cut into my prodigious knit stash and help with my wardrobe issues. Seriously, it’s getting a little out of hand. Like I may have to have a thrifted t-shirt intervention. And that’s not even counting the knit yardage – which this all came from. And I might have just bought some more knit at Joann yesterday. Hi, I’m Melissa and I’m addicted to knit fabric…
Want to make your own? You’ll need:
- 2/3 yard of main color knit fabric
- 1/2 yard of each contrast color knit fabric
- The pattern, see below
How to Get the Pattern
The pattern is a women’s size small, and as you can see from the pictures it’s a little drapey and loose. For reference, my current measurements are 34″ Bust and 36″ hips. If you need to make the pattern bigger or smaller, check out this post.
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Please note that all my free patterns are licensed for personal use only (no selling items made from this unless you purchase it) and by downloading you are agreeing to this license.
This is sewn with 1/2″ seam allowances throughout. Oh, also, remember I’m short. The final back/neck length of this pattern is like 24 inches.
I’m assuming you know how to assemble a basic t-shirt; or that if you don’t you do know how to google. So all I’m going to show you is how to assemble the colorblocked front. Lay out the front pieces like this:
Sew them together using a narrow zig-zag and 1/2″ seams. I didn’t serge because I felt that would be too bulky. Trim seams to 1/4″.
It should look like this when the front is done
If there are any wonky bits on the side edges where the seams didn’t quite match right, just trim.
You’ll notice the front is quite a bit wider than the back. That’s what gives it its drape. Assemble as normal, matching shoulders, inserting sleeves, and sewing down the underarms and sides.
I left to edges unfinished – no hemming necessary since I was using interlock. If you use jersey and it rolls and you don’t like that look, you could add a narrow hem.
And that’s it!